I'm a user experience designer currently working in Utah, and I'm trying to get a better feel for the job landscape in Seattle. My husband just got accepted to the MBA program at UW, and before we make any final decisions about whether we should go there, we wanted to find out more about what my job prospects will be like.
My background: I have a bachelor's in psychology, and I've got 2 years of solid experience under my belt. For my first six months, I worked as an intern at an agency -- and for the past year and a half, I've been working in-house at an enterprise software company called Property Solutions. My greatest strength is interaction design, but my job requires me to be kind of a jack of all trades -- I've done user research, requirements gathering, low-fidelity wireframes (sketching / whiteboards / Balsamiq), high-fidelity wireframes (Illustrator), prototypes (HTML / LESS / jQuery), and usability tests. My projects have also been fairly diverse: I've designed website template tools for a CMS, tools for our sales team (think Salesforce type stuff), a call center interface, all kinds of dashboards, I've done information architecture for 1000+ settings, and lots of usability testing for apartment websites.
What can you tell me about the job landscape in Seattle? How competitive is it? Will I have a difficuilt time finding work, given my background? What are some of the best companies to work for? Do most people want to work for the big companies, or are startups the place to be? What would be a reasonable expectation, as far as salary goes? Any insights are much appreciated!